East West cultural tour is our effort to introduce you to the rich cultural heritage of this tiny Himalayan kingdom also known as the last Shangri-La. Our week-long tour in Bhutan begins with sightseeing in the country’s capital, Thimphu, where we visit the Memorial Chorten, mini- zoo, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, folk heritage museum and the majestic Tashichho Dzong (fortress). Next, we travel to Punakha via Dochula pass (3,100m) and tour the Chimi Lhakhang temple on the way. We also visit the Punakha Dzong and explore the amazing Gangtey village before heading to Paro. In the beautiful Paro valley, You will visit Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang temple. Your cultural journey ends with a hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery which is a perfect way to end one’s journey in the last Shangri-La.
- Trip Code: East- West Cultural Tour in Bhutan
- Trip Type: Tour
- Max. Altitude: 3800 m
- Travel Mode: Air/Coaches
|Trip Code||East- West Cultural Tour in Bhutan|
|Trip Duration||15 Days|
|Min Group Size||2|
|Max Altitude||3800 m|
|Best Season||Mar-May & Sep-Nov|
Your representative from Bhutan will receive you at the Paro airport and drive you to the hotel.
Sightseeing around the Paro valley includes visit to Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum, the ruins of Drugyel Dzong and the courtyard of Kichu Lhakhang one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan – dated 7th century AD. After lunch, drive to the capital, Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu includes – visit to the National Library, Zangthopelri Lhakhang, Tashi Nencha Studio and the School of Thankha Painting. In the afternoon, visit the Handicraft Emporium and the Memorial Chorten.
The drive to Trongsa takes about seven hours across the Dochula Pass and Pelela Pass. On a clear day one can get a good view of the Himalayan ranges. Drive through Wangdue town. Picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten. Overnight in Trongsa.
In the morning, visit the Trongsa Dzong and see also the Ta Dzong. Drive through Trongsa town to the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Enroute visit the Chume Valley, where local women weave the famous “Bumthang Yathra”, pure woolen textile woven in the traditional method with beautiful colored patterns.
Full day sightseeing in Bumthang valley. Visit the Wangdichholing Palace, Swiss Farm House along with some monasteries.
After breakfast, drive to URA village and visit Ura Lhakhang. Drive to Mongar through Thrumshingla Pass (the highest pass in Bhutan). Overnight in Mongar.
Proceed to Trashigang. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Trashigang.
Day trip with picnic lunch to Khaling Weaving Center to see the entire process of spinning, dyeing and weaving. This center is managed by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan. Drive back to Trashigang.
This is the beginning of the return journey. After sightseeing Trashigang valley, drive to Mongar.
Drive to Bumthang.
Drive to Punakha via Trongsa. Picnic lunch will be served enroute.
In the morning, visit the premises of Punakha Dzong and then drive to Paro. Evening at leisure.
Drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. This monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley flioor. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 and has recently been reconstructed.
Early morning drive to the Paro Airport for your flight to next destination
Trip Cost Include:
|»||Airport pick up and drop|
|»||All Melas (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)|
|»||All Transportation by car van/Bus/Coaster|
|»||One English Speaking Guide|
|»||Sightseeing Entry fee|
|»||Bhutan Travel Pernit|
|»||Bhutan Visa fee (USD 20.00)|
|»||Tourism Development fund(TDF USD 10.00)|